Directors and Staff

 Professor Marianne Blair, Program Director

Professor Blair is a full professor and the Study Abroad Director at The University of Tulsa College of Law, where she has taught Family Law, Civil Procedure, and International and Comparative Family Law for the past twenty-seven years. She has taught in the Dublin summer program in 1999 and 2005, and has served as Resident Director from 2009-2013. Professor Blair is co-author of the first American casebook in the field of comparative and international family law, Family Law in the World Community, and a contributing author to the leading treatise on U.S. adoption law, Adoption Law and Practice (ed., Joan Hollinger). She has published numerous articles on topics related to adoption law and international and comparative family law. Professor Blair has also served as Chair of the Family and Juvenile Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools and as a member of the Oklahoma Adoption Law Reform Committee, through which she participated in drafting the Oklahoma Adoption Code. She has received several teaching awards at the College of Law, and in 1992 was one of the recipients of The University of Tulsa Outstanding Teacher Award.

Kate Barron-Alicante

Kate works with TU Law’s Study Abroad program to assist students with the Summer in Dublin application and registration process.  Please contact her with questions about applying to the Dublin program, the internship application process, housing arrangements, and program documentation at

Nicholas Pillat, Student Assistant

 Hello, my name is Nicholas Pillat, your 2015 Ireland Study Abroad student representative. After graduating from the University of Florida, I worked six years in the finance industry in New Hampshire and Nevada before starting law school at the University of Tulsa. The Ireland summer trip is a fantastic and affordable way to enjoy a foreign country while earning academic credit. The many internship opportunities (I interned at the Health and Safety Authority) provide legal experience in a variety of settings. Many interns, myself included, worked on projects that had immediate and tangible impacts for our respective providers. Additionally, the internship coordinator does an excellent job in taking both your background and area of legal interest into consideration when placing with an internship provider. Travel inside and outside of Dublin is relatively simple, reasonably priced and full of options. Plus the weather is far better than a Tulsa summer. Cannot recommend the program strongly enough. Welcome your questions at Slainte!
The picture is from Giant's Causeway in Bushmills, Northern Ireland.


Dr. Mary Catherine Lucey

 Dr. Lucey assists as the Administrative Coordinator with University College Dublin and teaches the European Union Competition Law course in the Summer in Dublin Program.  For her complete biography, visit the Dublin Faculty web page